Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said the Watergate scandal "pales" in comparison to the alleged links between Russia and President Trump's campaign, Time reported.
"I think if you compare the two that Watergate pales, really, in my view, compared to what we're confronting now," Clapper said while in Australia.
Clapper also said that Trump's continued sharing of intelligence with Russia reflects "either ignorance or disrespect."
A break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate hotel in 1972 and the cover-up that came afterwards is what is credited as ultimately bringing down Republican President Richard Nixon.
Clapper's comments come in the midst of multiple investigations into alleged links between Russian officials and the Trump campaign.
Former FBI director James Comey is set to testify before the Senate intelligence committee on Thursday about the alleged links.